Audi has a rich history in customer racing, offering customer race car variants of the R8, such as the Audi R8 GT3 for many years now. These Audi R8 racing teams have seen tremendous success over the past few years and the number of teams using the R8 GT3 cars have grown substantially. Now, though, there’s another customer racing R8 to add to the list — the Audi R8 LMS GT4. And it made its debut at the 2017 NYIAS.
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 offers amateur and professional racing teams alike the opportunity to race an incredibly fast and safe vehicle in any of their campaigns in GT4 racing series’. “13 racing series in which GT4 models can compete worldwide already exist today worldwide,” says Stephan Winkelmann, Head of Audi Sport. “Audi Sport GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers offering cars in the GT3 and TCR customer sport categories. Now we’re targeting the GT4 class at exactly the right time. These fast-growing business segments and the DNA shared by our race cars and production vehicles underscore our ambition to become a true global player in the high-performance league.”
This new Audi R8 LMS GT4 packs the same 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 as the road car, however, it only makes 495 hp. This is to comply with GT4 racing rules, so the R8 LMS GT4 is actually less powerful than the road car. Although, it is significantly lighter than the standard car and has far better aerodynamics, so it should be ever faster. But it is a testament to how impressive the road-going Audi R8 is, as this GT4 racing car actually shares 60 percent of its components with the road car.
You can see the Audi R8 LMS GT4 hit its first track from May 25 to 28, when it will be competing in the Nurburgring 24 Hours.